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Benjamin T. Sharpe

PhD Candidate & Associate Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

B.SHARPE@CHI.AC.UK

Ben is currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Chichester, in collaboration with King’s College London, conducting a series of studies examining the attributes that underpin lifeguard expertise and hazard detection performance. Through working alongside the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the project aims to further research in drown prevention and highlight a means to reduce the likelihood of a drown scenario unfolding in our lifeguarded waters. It is envisaged that once the offline attributes that determine expertise are identified, an fMRI study will be conducted to examine brain volume, brain function (volume of oxygen being used at specific sites) and brain pathway connectivity (water diffusion) differences between experienced lifeguards and a group of matched controls. Take part in the initial study found here. Whilst his PhD focuses on drown prevention, additional research interests include expertise, visual attention and cognition both within and outside of sport. For this reason, Ben actively searches for additional research opportunities and has previously worked on several projects across the University. 

Ben is also an Associate Lecturer within the Institute of Education, Health, and Social Sciences (Department of Psychology) and the Institute of Sport. Within the Department of Psychology Ben will be leading module seminars in Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology and Abnormal and Forensic Psychology. Ben has and is currently teaching on the following modules within the Institute of Sport; Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (Skill Acquisition), Cognitive Psychology in Sport and Motivating Athletes. Ben has also worked towards and has gained the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy accreditation.

He is also the Universities Psychology Lab Technician within Institute of Sport and the Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences. Here, Ben supports and contributes to the overall functioning of the Psychology Lab. The role includes providing specialist technical support to staff and students undertaking detailed scientific testing, demonstrating support and delivery of specialist equipment, and actively participating in the implementation of the Universities recruitment strategy.

Professional

Teaching

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Abnormal and Forensic Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (Skill Acquisition)
  • Cognitive Psychology in Sport
  • Motivating Athletes

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience | University of Chichester | 11/2017 – Present
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy | University of Chichester | 2018 – 2019
  • Master of Science, Psychology of Sport and Exercise | University of Gloucestershire | 2015 – 2016
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Sport and Exercise Studies | University of Gloucestershire | 2014 – 2015
  • Higher National Diploma, Sport Development & Coaching | NWHC | 2012 – 2014

Publications

Publications, Conferences & Social Media

 

Academic Journal Publications

  • Moore, L. J., Harris, D. J., Sharpe, B. T., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2019). Perceptual-cognitive expertise when refereeing the scrum in rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. 
  • Moore, L. J., Sharpe, B. T., White, C., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (in preparation). How do rugby union referees use visual information to make decisions during complex maul scenarios? Perceptual and Motor Skills.
  • Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., & Sharpe, B. T. (in preparation). The effect of match play context on cognitive effort and perceptual-motor performance in golf putting.
  • Ritchie, L., Sharpe, B. T., O’Donnell, M., & Hunt, E. (in preparation). Impact of professional resilience training on university student’s self-efficacy.

Conference Poster Presentations

  • Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., & Sharpe, B. T. (2019, May). The effect of match play context on cognitive effort and perceptual-motor performance in golf putting. Paper presented at the 8th Meeting of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN), St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. 
  • Ritchie, L., Sharpe, B. T., O’Donnell, M., & Hunt, E. (2019, July). Impact of professional resilience training on university student’s self-efficacy. Paper presented at the Open for Change 2019 Research Conference, University of Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex. 

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